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Ferne McCann says she's being 'vilified' for ex's acid attack

Ferne McCann has emotionally talked about how her ex’s crime is affecting her. (REX)
Ferne McCann has emotionally talked about how her ex’s crime is affecting her. (REX)

Ferne McCann has hit out against recent criticism, saying she feels ‘vilified’ for ex-boyfriend and acid attacker Arthur Collins’ actions.

The TOWIE star – who is currently starring in her own documentary on ITVBe called Ferne McCann: First Time Mum – has been speaking on camera about having to deal with what the father of her daughter did.

The former I’m A Celeb campmate opened up about the ordeal of dealing with the pressures and people placing blame on her for her ex’s attack.

Arthur Collins, 25, sprayed acid at people in the busy Mangle nightclub in April of 2017, leaving 22 injured. He was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison for the horrendous crime.

Shortly after the verdict, Ferne, 27, split from him, despite the pair having featured on the front of OK! Magazine just days before and previously wanting to marry him.

TOWIE star Ferne McCann is currently raising her and acid attacker Arthur Collins’ baby, Sunday. (REX)
TOWIE star Ferne McCann is currently raising her and acid attacker Arthur Collins’ baby, Sunday. (REX)

Sharing a young daughter, Sunday Sky who is now 6 months old, the star had come under criticism for allegedly taking her baby to see her father in prison, but on her series First Time Mum, she spoke about how she feels she’s been ‘ vilified for a crime she didn’t commit’.

‘I just feel so frustrated because I feel like “am I ever going to escape this?”‘ she asked, after making headlines over the past year by mere association with her former partner.

‘I just feel very judged and every move I make I can’t breathe without being judged or someone having an opinion, a frustrated and clearly upset Ferne said.

Then, speaking to camera, she reminded people that she herself had no involvement in his despicable crime: ‘I feel like often I am vilified for a crime I didn’t commit. I didn’t do anything.’

Since her ex’s conviction, the telly star has raised their daughter as a single mother and with the help of her own mum, Gilly.

Ferne McCann and Arthur Collins pictured on holiday prior to his acid attack conviction. (REX)
Ferne McCann and Arthur Collins pictured on holiday prior to his acid attack conviction. (REX)

Ferne, as she spoke to a hypnotherapist on the show’s latest episode, revealed how big the pressure and subsequent stress can be at times.

‘I just feel like I want a session just to calm me and distress.’

After her time with the hypnotherapist, Ferne admitted she felt a bit calmer and had gone thorough a bit of a change where her mindset was concerned.

She also added: ‘I thought that the hypnotherapy session was good and I definitely calmed and emptied my mind. I think you need to do that to get clarity and de-stress.’

Catch Ferne McCann: First Time Mum Wednesdays, at 9pm, on ITVBe, and catch up on previous episodes on the ITVHUB.

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